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Clint Chapple

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Whistler Hall, Rm. B030
Department of Biochemistry
175 S. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907



Clint Chapple is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry at Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, Canada in 1989. Chapple's research focuses on understanding and manipulating a compound in cell walls called lignin that contributes to plants' structural strength, but which hinders conversion of plants into other materials. His lignin research already has improved processing techniques for producing pulp for paper. Chapple is currently working on additional ways to alter lignin so that cellulose from plants such as poplar trees can be used for ethanol production to provide alternative transportation fuels.

Chapple, who joined the Purdue faculty in 1993, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served as president of the Phytochemical Society of North America.   Expertise: Biochemistry and molecular biology of plant secondary metabolism




Ph.D., University of Guleph, 1989

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